The procedure for how to verify Nigerian divorce certificate commences by obtaining the copy of a particular divorce certificate to be verified. To verify divorce status in Nigeria, someone must personally visit the appropriate court registry.  

Upon the successful completion of a divorce proceeding in Nigeria, the Judge would issue a decree nisi through a full judgement of the court dissolving the marriage. The decree nisi would usually become absolute after three months. The decree absolute permanently dissolving the marriage, becomes the divorce certificate.


A person who wants to verify the genuineness of his divorce certificate can either employ the services of a solicitor to carry out the verification or he can conduct the verification personally.

The principal legislation governing divorce proceedings in Nigeria is the Matrimonial Causes Act. The Act provides that a divorce petition can only be instituted in the High Court of a state in Nigeria.

Essentially, the following steps must be followed to verify a divorce certificate in Nigeria:

  1. The decree absolute together with or without the decree nisi should be taken to the registry of the State High Court where the marriage was dissolved and where the order was issued.
  2. The application to search will be made at the court registry, to confirm the genuineness of the divorce documents.
  3. Requisite fees as prescribed at the court’s registry will as well be paid. If a solicitor is hired, the applicant will also pay the solicitor’s professional fees.
  4. Upon confirmation of the genuineness of the divorce certificate, an application may be made for a certified true copy of the decree absolute and the decree nisi evidencing genuineness of the decree.

As earlier stated, a person can either conduct the above-stated steps personally or employ the services of a solicitor. It is however best advised that a person should employ the services of a solicitor to carry out the verification to avoid hiccups.

Finally, it is worthy of mention that a Nigerian divorce certificate cannot be verified online. There is no database to verify all divorces in Nigeria. A person or an institution seeking to verify a divorce certificate issued in any Nigerian court must personally apply at the registry of the court or hire a solicitor to do so.

By Family Law Firm at Resolution Law Firm

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